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    Usefulness of cutting balloon angioplasty for the treatment of congenital heart defects.
    Cardiol J 2017 Nov 13. Epub 2017 Nov 13.
    Regional Specialized Hospital, Research and Development Center, Pediatric Cardiology Department, Wroclaw, Poland, Kamienskiego, 51-124, Wroclaw, Poland.
    Background: Patients with complex congenital heart defects may have different hemodynamic problems which require a variety of interventional procedures including angioplasty which involves using high-pressure balloons. After failure of conventional balloon angioplasty cutting balloon angioplasty is the next treatment option available. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of cutting balloon angioplasty in children with different types of congenital heart defects. Read More

    Quantitative myocardial Blush score (QuBE) allows the prediction of heart failure development in long-term follow-up in patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction: Proof of concept study.
    Cardiol J 2017 Nov 13. Epub 2017 Nov 13.
    II Department of Cardiology in Zabrze, Medical Faculty with Dentistry Division in Zabrze, Medical University of Silesia in Katowice Ul. Skłodowskiej 10, 41-800 Zabrze, Poland.
    Background: Acute myocardial infarction (AMI) might lead to left ventricular remodeling. Adequate myocardial perfusion is critical to prevent this adverse remodeling. Quantitative myocardial blush evaluator (QuBE) software, available on-line, is a simple analysis tool which enables the precise quantification of myocardial perfusion in the infarct area immediately after interventional treatment. Read More

    Prognostic value of daytime heart rate, blood pressure, their products and quotients in chronic heart failure.
    Cardiol J 2017 Nov 13. Epub 2017 Nov 13.
    First Department of Cardiology, Medical University of Gdańsk, ul. Dębinki 7, 80-211, Gdańsk, Poland.
    Background: Chronic heart failure (CHF) is an important epidemiological and therapeuthic issue with poor prognosis. The aim of the study was to estimate the prognostic value of daytime heart rate (HR), blood pressure (BP), their products and quotients in patients with CHF.

    Methods: The study included 80 stable patients with CHF and reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF ≤ 35%). Read More

    Myocardial strain characteristics and outcomes after transcatheter aortic valve replacement.
    Cardiol J 2017 Oct 24. Epub 2017 Oct 24.
    University Hospital Ulm, Albert-Einstein-Allee 23, 89081, Ulm, Germany.
    Background: Objective of this study was to make an assessment of standard functional and deformation parameters (strain) in patients after transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) by cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) and the evaluation of their prognostic impact.

    Methods: Patients undergoing TAVR received CMR on a 1.5T whole-body scanner at 3 months after the procedure. Read More

    Guidezilla extension catheter for percutaneous interventional therapy of complex lesions via a transradial approach: Case series from a single-center experience.
    Cardiol J 2017 Oct 24. Epub 2017 Oct 24.
    Department of Cardiology, Second Xiangya Hospital, Central South University.
    Background: Guide catheter extension systems have become one of the most powerful tools for addressing complex lesions during percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), but data on a new-generation rapid exchange extension catheter - the Guidezilla catheter - are limited. Summarized herein reports on experience using the Guidezilla catheter for complex coronary lesions via a transradial approach at the documented institution an evaluation of its safety and efficacy.

    Methods: A total of 25 patients (19 males and 6 females) who underwent PCI via the radial approach with the Guidezilla catheter for adequate back-up support and to facilitate equipment delivery were enrolled. Read More

    Morning and afternoon serum cortisol level in patients with post-myocardial infarction depression.
    Cardiol J 2017 Oct 24. Epub 2017 Oct 24.
    Medical University of Gdańsk.
    Background: Post-myocardial depression is a highly prevalent condition which worsens the course and prognosis of coronary artery disease. One possible pathogenetic factor is dysregulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, resulting in cortisol profile disturbances.

    Methods: Thirty seven patients hospitalized due to a first myocardial infarction (MI) were enrolled in this study. Read More

    In-stent restenosis-prone coronary plaque composition: A retrospective virtual histology-intravascular ultrasound study.
    Cardiol J 2017 Oct 24. Epub 2017 Oct 24.
    Konyang University Hospital.
    Background: The mechanism of in-stent restenosis (ISR) is multifactorial, which includes biological, mechanical and technical factors. This study hypothesized that increased inflammatory reaction, which is known to be an important atherosclerotic process, at a culprit lesion may lead to higher restenosis rates.

    Methods: The study population consisted of 241 patients who had undergone percutaneous coronary intervention with virtual histology-intravascular ultrasound (VH-IVUS) and a 9-month follow-up coronary angiography. Read More

    Flow-mediated dilatation to relieve puncture-induced radial artery spasm: A pilot study.
    Cardiol J 2017 Oct 24. Epub 2017 Oct 24.
    Department of Cardiology, the First Affiliated Hospital, Nanjing Medical University, China.
    Background: Puncture-induced radial artery spasm (RAS) may extend the duration of coronary angiography (CAG) or cause transradial access failure. Flow-mediated dilatation (FMD), a widely-used noninvasive approach for assessing endothelial function, was reported to remove the entrapped radial sheath after percutaneous coronary intervention. Herein, the efficacy and safety of FMD in treating puncture-induced RAS before transradial CAG was investigated. Read More

    Diagnostic performance of microRNA-133a in acute myocardial infarction: A meta-analysis.
    Cardiol J 2017 Oct 24. Epub 2017 Oct 24.
    Department of Cardiology, Xiangyang Hospital, Affiliated Hospital of Hubei Medical College, China, China.
    Background: The aim of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic performance of microRNA-133a in the diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction (AMI).

    Methods: Major databases including PubMed, Embase and the Cochrane Library were searched for case-controlled studies comparing AMI and non-AMI patients. The outcome was evaluated by the relative expression of microRNA-133a in plasma or serum. Read More

    Benefits of laboratory personalized antiplatelet therapy in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention: A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.
    Cardiol J 2017 Oct 24. Epub 2017 Oct 24.
    Department of Cardiology, Shandong Provincial Qianfoshan Hospital Affiliated to Shandong University.
    Background: The preventive effects of laboratory personalized antiplatelet therapy (PAPT) strategy including genetic detection and platelet function testing (PFT) on major adverse cardiac events (MACEs) and bleeding events in coronary artery disease (CAD) patients undergoing stenting has been extensively studied. Despite that, no clear conclusion can be drawn. In this study, a meta-analysis was performed to explore a more precise estimation of the benefits of laboratory PAPT. Read More

    Heart failure with recovered ejection fraction: clinical characteristics, determinants and prognosis. CARDIOCHUS-CHOP registry.
    Cardiol J 2017 Oct 5. Epub 2017 Oct 5.
    HOSPITAL CLINICO UNIVERSITARIO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA.
    Background: The magnitude and the prognostic impact of recovering left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) in patients with heart failure (HF) and systolic dysfunction is unclear. The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical characteristics and prognosis of patients with HFrecEF in an HF population.

    Methods: 449 consecutive patients were selected with the diagnosis of HF and an evaluation of LVEF in the 6 months prior to selection who were referred to two HF units. Read More

    Novel and heteroplasmic mutations in mitochondrial tRNA genes in Brugada syndrome.
    Cardiol J 2017 Oct 5. Epub 2017 Oct 5.
    Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Yazd University, Yazd, Iran.
    Background: Brugada syndrome (BrS) is a rare cardiac arrhythmia characterized by sudden death associated with electrocardiogram patterns characterized by incomplete right bundle-branch block and ST-segment elevations in the anterior precordial leads. This syndrome predominantly is seen in younger males with structurally normal hearts. Mitochondrial variants particularly mt-tRNA mutations, are hot spots that lead to cardiological disorders. Read More

    Inducible miR-145 expression by HIF-1α protects cardiomyocytes against apoptosis via regulating SGK1 in simulated myocardial infarction hypoxic microenvironment.
    Cardiol J 2017 Oct 5. Epub 2017 Oct 5.
    Linyi People's Hospital.
    Background: Myocardial infarction (MI) is partly due to myocardial cell damage caused by hypoxia. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have been proved to be closely related to the development and progression of many cardiovascular diseases. This study investigated the role of miR-145 in cardiomyocytes under hypoxic condition. Read More

    Screening hub genes in coronary artery disease based on integrated analysis.
    Cardiol J 2017 Oct 5. Epub 2017 Oct 5.
    The Third Affiliated Hospital of Jinzhou Medical University.
    Background: Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the leading cause of mortality worldwide. Identifying key pathogenic genes benefits the understanding molecular mechanism of CAD.

    Methods: In this study, 5 microarray data sets from the blood sample of 312 CADs and 277 healthy controls were downloaded. Read More

    Peri-interventional combined anticoagulation and antithrombotic therapy in atrial fibrillation ablation: A retrospective safety analysis.
    Cardiol J 2017 Oct 5. Epub 2017 Oct 5.
    Kardiologie, Eberhard-Karls- Universität, Ottfried-Müller-Straße 10, 72076, Tübingen, Germany.
    Background: Catheter ablation (CA) of atrial fibrillation (AF) requires an intensified peri-interventional anticoagulation scheme to avoid thromboembolic complications. In patients with cardiac or extracardiac artery disease, an additional antiplatelet treatment (AAT) is at least temporally necessary especially after a percutaneous intervention with stent implantation. This raises the question whether these patients have a higher peri-interventional bleeding risk during CA of AF. Read More

    Adiponectin correlates with body mass index and to a lesser extent with left ventricular mass in dialysis patients.
    Cardiol J 2017 Oct 5. Epub 2017 Oct 5.
    Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Umeå University, 901 87, Umeå, Sweden.
    Background: Adiponectin is a serum protein produced by adipose tissue which exerts anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic and anti-atherosclerotic properties, hence is considered a cardio-protective marker. With the current uncertain role of adiponectin in dialysis patients to the aim of this study was to investigate its relationship with left ventricular (LV) structure and function in these patients.

    Methods: This study included 89 (age 56 ± 13 years, 43% male) patients treated with regular dialysis for > 6 months, and 55 control subjects with normal renal function. Read More

    Low diastolic blood pressure is associated with a high atherosclerotic burden in patients with obstructive coronary artery disease.
    Cardiol J 2017 Oct 5. Epub 2017 Oct 5.
    Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University, Cardiovascular Unit, Department of Medicine, 40002, Khon Kaen, Thailand.
    Background: The optimal blood pressure (BP) treatment target is still being debated, specifically diastolic BP in patients with obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD); a diastolic BP which is too low could compromise myocardial perfusion and is associated with adverse outcomes.

    Methods: This study examined the relationship between diastolic BP (DBP) levels and the severity and atherosclerotic burden of CAD in 231 consecutive stable patients with evidence of obstructive CAD as detected by elective coronary angiography. The SYNTAX (Synergy Between Percutaneous Coronary Intervention With Taxus and Cardiac Surgery) Score and SYNTAX Score II were used to quantify the atherosclerotic burden. Read More

    Long-term outcomes of patients with multivessel coronary artery disease presenting non-ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndromes.
    Cardiol J 2017 Oct 5. Epub 2017 Oct 5.
    3rd Chair and Department of Cardiology, Medical University of Silesia in Katowice, School of Medicine with the Division of Dentistry in Zabrze, Silesian Centre for Heart Diseases, Poland, Skłodowskiej-Curie Str. 9, 41-800, Zabrze, Poland.
    Background: There is paucity of data concerning the optimal revascularization in patients with multivessel coronary artery disease (CAD) presenting non-ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndrome (NSTE-ACS). The aim was to evaluate long-term outcomes of patients with multivessel CAD presenting NSTE-ACS depending on the management after coronary angiography.

    Methods: 3,166 patients with NSTE-ACS hospitalized between 2006-2014 were screened. Read More

    Evaluating the effects of cardiac resynchronization therapy on pathophysiological pathways of heart failure using surrogate biomarkers.
    Cardiol J 2017 Oct 5. Epub 2017 Oct 5.
    Ministry of Health Dışkapı Yıldırım Beyazıt Research and Educational Hospital.
    Background: Several studies have investigated the effects of cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) on heart failure (HF), but none have evaluated the pathophysiological pathways involved in a single group of patients. Therefore, this study aims to assess the long-term effects of CRT on six different pathophysiological pathways involved in the process of HF by the use of surrogate biomarkers.

    Methods: In a group 44 patients with HF, six groups of biomarkers were measured, both at baseline and 1 year after CRT implantation: Inflammation (interleukin [IL]-4, IL-6, tumor necrosis factor [TNF]-α, high sensitive C-reactive protein [hsCRP]); oxidative stress (myeloperoxidase, oxidized low-density lipoprotein [oxLDL], uric acid); extracellular matrix (ECM) remodeling (matrix metalloproteinase [MMP]-2 and -9, galectin-3, procollagen III N-terminal propeptide [prokol-3NT]); neurohormonal pathways (endothelin-1, chromogranin-A); myocyte injury (troponin T, creatine kinase MB fraction [CK-MB]), myocyte stress (B-type natriuretic peptide [BNP]). Read More

    Renin-angiotensin system inhibition is associated with reduced risk of left atrial appendage thrombosis formation in patients with atrial fibrillation.
    Cardiol J 2017 Oct 5. Epub 2017 Oct 5.
    tianjin medical university.
    Background: Inhibition of the renin-angiotensin axis can reduce the likelihood of atrial fibrillation (AF). However, the effects of angiotensin-converting-enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs) or angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) on thrombogenicity in AF remain incompletely elucidated. Thisretrospective case-control study was conducted to evaluate whether the use of ACEI or ARB could reduce the incidence of left atrial appendage thrombus (LAAT) and spontaneous echocardiographic contrast (SEC) in patients with AF. Read More

    Secondary prevention of coronary heart disease in elderly population of turkey: A subgroup analysis of ELDERTURK study.
    Cardiol J 2017 Oct 5. Epub 2017 Oct 5.
    Ege University Faculty of Medicine, İzmir, Turkey.
    Background: Secondary prevention plays an important role after acute coronary event due to high risk of adverse events in elderly. In present study we aimed to evaluate the lifestyle, management of risk factors and medical treatment for secondary protection in elderly patients with known coronary heart disease (CHD).

    Methods: ELDERTURK is a non-interventional, multi-centered, observational study, which included total of 5694 elderly patients (> 65 years) from 50 centers in Turkey. Read More

    A pilot study with flow mediated skin fluorescence: A novel device to assess microvascular endothelial function in coronary artery disease.
    Cardiol J 2017 Aug 25. Epub 2017 Aug 25.
    Noninvasive Cardiac Diagnostics Department, Medical University, Gdansk, Poland, Gdansk, Poland.
    Background: Endothelial dysfunction is one of the earliest vascular manifestations in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease. Noninvasive, simple and inexpensive methods of endothelial function assessment are therefore needed.

    Methods: Microvascular endothelial function was assessed in coronary artery disease (CAD) patients by flow mediated skin fluorescence (FMSF), based on measurements of NADH fluorescence intensity during brachial artery occlusion (ischemic response [IRmax]) and immediately after occlusion (hyperemic response [HRmax]). Read More

    Left atrial appendage closure for primary primary prevention during percutaneous closure of septal defects in patients with large atria but no atrial fibrillation.
    Cardiol J 2017 Aug 25. Epub 2017 Aug 25.
    University Heart Center Zurich.
    Background: Percutaneous atrial septal defect (ASD) closure is a routine procedure to prevent right ventricular failure, pulmonary hypertension, or paradoxical embolism. The latter is the typical reason for percutaneous patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure. Atrial enlargement represents a risk for developing atrial fibrillation (AF). Read More

    Comparison of dedicated BIOSS bifurcation stents with regular drug-eluting stents for coronary artery bifurcated lesions: Pooled analysis from two randomized studies.
    Cardiol J 2017 Aug 25. Epub 2017 Aug 25.
    Department of Invasive Cardiology, Central Clinical Hospital of the Ministry of Interior and Administration, Warsaw, Poland.
    Background: Coronary bifurcation treatment poses a therapeutic challenge. The aim of this study was to analyze pooled data of two randomized clinical trials, POLBOS I and POLBOS II, to compare 1-year follow-up results and identify possible prognostic factors.

    Methods: In POLBOS trials dedicated bifurcation BiOSS® stents were compared with regular drug eluting stents (rDES) in patients with stable coronary artery disease (CAD) or non ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndrome (POLBOS I: paclitaxel eluting BiOSS® Expert vs. Read More

    Right ventricular morphology and function is not related with microRNAs and fibrosis markers in dilated cardiomyopathy.
    Cardiol J 2017 Aug 25. Epub 2017 Aug 25.
    Department of Cardiac and Vascular Diseases, John Paul II Hospital.
    Background: The relationship between right ventricle (RV), extracellular matrix (ECM) fibrosis and fibrosis-linked, circulating microRNAs in dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is unknown.

    Aims: To uncover the associations between serum markers of ECM metabolism and circulating microRNAs with RV morphological and functional parameters.

    Methods: The study population consisted of 70 consecutive DCM patients (ejection fraction 24. Read More

    Occurrence and extraction of implantable cardioverter-defibrillator leads with conductor externalization.
    Cardiol J 2017 Aug 25. Epub 2017 Aug 25.
    Institute of Cardiology Warsaw.
    Background: The increasing number of patients (pts) with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICD) contributes to BACKGROUND: : The increasing number of patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICD) contributes to the rising number of patients qualifying for a transvenous lead extraction (TLE) due to infection, vascular or lead failure related indications. The purpose of this study was to perform a retrospective analysis of the occurrence of conductor externalization in TLE patients and to assess the success rate in theextraction of these leads.

    Methods: TLE procedure was performed between 2012 and 2014 of 428 electrodes in 259 patients. Read More

    Outcome of implantable loop recorder evaluation.
    Cardiol J 2017 Aug 25. Epub 2017 Aug 25.
    Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, SWEDEN.
    Background: The aim of this study was to evaluate implantable loop recorders (ILRs) in an unselected cohort in order to determine diagnostic yield, time to pacemaker/implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) implantation, predictors thereof, safety issues, and syncope management including usage of preceding diagnostic tools.

    Methods: Patients who underwent ILR evaluation in any of three centers in Region Gävleborg, Sweden, between April 2007 and April 2013 were included and their medical records retrieved. Logistic regression was used to evaluate predictors of pacemaker/ICD outcome expressed as odds ratios (ORs) and Kaplan-Meier estimates for time-dependent analysis. Read More

    Study design and rationale for biomedical shirt-based electrocardiography monitoring in relevant clinical situations: ECG-shirt study.
    Cardiol J 2017 Aug 25. Epub 2017 Aug 25.
    1st Chair and Department of Cardiology, Medical University of Warsaw, Public Central Teaching Hospital in Warsaw, Banacha 1a, 02-097, Warsaw, Poland.
    Background: Today, the main challenge for researchers is to develop new technologies which may help to improve the diagnoses of cardiovascular disease (CVD), thereby reducing healthcare costs and improving the quality of life for patients. This study aims to show the utility of biomedical shirt-based electrocardiography (ECG) monitoring of patients with CVD in different clinical situations using the Nuubo® ECG (nECG) system.

    Methods: An investigator-initiated, multicentre, prospective observational study was carried out in a cardiology (adult and paediatric) and cardiac rehabilitation wards . Read More

    Very late stent thrombosis in everolimus-eluting stent with predisposing mechanical factors: Differential features.
    Cardiol J 2017 ;24(4):345-349
    Klinikum Frankfurt (Oder), Interventional Cardiology, Germany; Institute of Cardiovascular Translational Research of Atlantic (ICTRA), Berlin, Germany.
    no abstract. Read More

    Multimodality imaging of intermediate lesions: Data from FFR, OCT, NIRS-IVUS.
    Cardiol J 2017 Jul 17. Epub 2017 Jul 17.
    Department of Cardiology, School of Health Sciences Medical University of Silesia in Katowice , Poland.
    Background: Fractional flow reserve (FFR) assesses a functional impact of the atheroma on the myocardial ischemia, but it does not take into account the morphology of the lesion. Previous optical coherence tomography (OCT), intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) and near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) studies presented their potential to detect vulnerable plaque, which is not possible by FFR assessment. With the following study, the intermediate lesions were assessed by FFR, OCT and combined NIRS-IVUS imaging to identify plaque vulnerability. Read More

    Different postconditioning cycles affect prognosis of aged patients undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention.
    Cardiol J 2017 Jul 17. Epub 2017 Jul 17.
    Department of Cardiology, Shandong Provincial Hospital affiliated to Shandong University, 324 Jingwuweiqi road, 250021, jinan, China.
    Background: Postconditioning can affect the infarct size in acute myocardial infarction (AMI). However, few studies show an effect of different postconditioning cycles on AMI aged patients. This study sought to assess the effect of different postconditioning cycles on prognosis in aged patients with AMI who underwent primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Read More

    Dedicated bifurcation stents or regular drug eluting stents in distal left main stenosis: A retrospective study.
    Cardiol J 2017 Jul 17. Epub 2017 Jul 17.
    Department of Invasive Cardiology, Central Clinical Hospital of the Ministry of Interior and Administration, Warsaw.
    Background: Mainly atherosclerosis develops in distal left main (LM) within bifurcation or trifurcation. The aim of this study was to analyze the strategy of distal LM stenosis treatment and associated clinical outcomes in a large hospital in Northern Poland.

    Methods: The study population consisted of consecutive patients with stable coronary artery disease or acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and distal LM stenosis who were hospitalized between June 2012 and June 2013. Read More

    Simple platelet markers: Mean platelet volume and congestive heart failure coexistent with periodontal disease. Pilot studies.
    Cardiol J 2017 Jul 17. Epub 2017 Jul 17.
    Department of Oral Medicine and Periodontal Disease, Medical University of Warsaw, Poland.
    Background: Conducted pilot study concerning mean platelet volume parameter among patients suffering from congestive heart failure and periodontal disease.

    Methods: Examination of dynamic changes of platelet and periodontal markers in group of 50 patients before and an average of 6 months subsequent to professional periodontal treatment.

    Results: Both platelet and periodontal parameters decreased after periodontal treatment, what is more, the decrease of mean platelet volume (MPV) value due to periodontal disease/mm improvement was shown to be statistically significant (p = 0. Read More

    Echocardiographic parameters versus CHA2DS2-VASc score in prediction of overall cardiac events, heart failure, and stroke in non-valvular atrial fibrillation.
    Cardiol J 2017 Jul 17. Epub 2017 Jul 17.
    National Cheng Kung University Hospital.
    Background: Apart from stroke, atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with higher mortality and heart failure (HF), in which risk stratification scheme is lacking. Therefore this investigation examined the prognostic value of echocardiographic predictors against CHA₂DS₂-VASc score in permanent non-valvular AF (NVAF).

    Method: In 252 asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic consecutive patients with NVAF, comprehensive echocardiography was performed. Read More

    Factors associated with safe early discharge after trans-catheter aortic valve implantation.
    Cardiol J 2017 Jul 17. Epub 2017 Jul 17.
    Kings College Hospital Kings College London PhD.
    Background: As transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVI) becomes more straightforward, a larger proportion of patients will be well enough to be discharged early. This study sought to characterise the clinical features that allowed patients to be discharged early after TAVI and to evaluate the safety of an early discharge policy.

    Methods: All patients undergoing TAVI at the above cited centre from August 2007 to March 2015 were included in this study. Read More

    Longitudinal relationships between cardiovascular events, risk factors, and time-dependent sleep duration.
    Cardiol J 2017 Jul 17. Epub 2017 Jul 17.
    St. Luke's International Hospital.
    Background: Although many studies have evaluated the relationships between sleep duration and cardiovascular (CV) events/risk factors, longitudinal associations with time-dependent sleep duration have not been adequately assessed.

    Methods: A retrospective, longitudinal study was conducted involving individuals aged 20 years or older that received annual health check-ups at St. Luke's International Hospital from 2005 to 2010. Read More

    Quality of life in patients with coronary artery disease treated with coronary artery bypass grafting and hybrid coronary revascularization.
    Cardiol J 2017 Jul 11. Epub 2017 Jul 11.
    3rd Department of Cardiology, School of Medicine with the Division of Dentistry in Zabrze, Medical University of Silesia, Katowice, Silesian Centre for Heart Disease in Zabrze, Poland.
    Background: Patients with stable coronary artery disease (CAD) have a worse quality of life (QoL) in comparison to patients without stable CAD. Standardized questionnaires are used in evaluation of QoL. Hybrid coronary revascularization (HCR) is a recently-introduced, minimally invasive option for patients requiring revascularization for coronary lesions. Read More

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